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The OLC's Opinions

Opinions published by the OLC, including those released in response to our FOIA lawsuit

This Reading Room is a comprehensive public database of opinions written by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). It contains the approximately 1,400 opinions published by the OLC in its online database and the opinions produced in Freedom of Information Act litigation brought by the Knight Institute, including opinions about the Pentagon Papers, the Civil Rights Era, and the War Powers Act. It also contains indexes of all unclassified OLC opinions written between 1945 and February 15, 1994. Those indexes are also available as a comprehensive list here and in .csv format here.

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  • Index of 1953 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1953—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1955 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1955—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1956 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1956—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1957 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1957—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Index of 1958 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed this index—of unclassifed OLC legal opinions from 1958—to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University during the litigation in Francis v. DOJ.

    4/15/2021

  • Annotated index of 1981 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed a preliminary index of all unclassified OLC legal opinions issued in 1981 to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. This version of the index (annotated by Institute staff) shows which opinions were released in response to the Knight Institute's FOIA request (green), which opinions are currently being processed (yellow), which opinions were already publicly available (blue), and which opinions were not selected by the Knight Institute for processing (white).

    4/12/2021

  • Annotated index of 1969 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed a preliminary index of all unclassified OLC legal opinions issued in 1969 to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. This version of the index (annotated by Institute staff) shows which opinions were released in response to the Knight Institute's FOIA request (green), which opinions are currently being processed (yellow), which opinions were already publicly available (blue), and which opinions were not selected by the Knight Institute for processing (white).

    4/12/2021

  • Annotated index of 1965 unclassified OLC legal opinions

    The OLC disclosed a preliminary index of all unclassified OLC legal opinions issued in 1965 to the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. This version of the index (annotated by Institute staff) shows which opinions were released in response to the Knight Institute's FOIA request (green), which opinions are currently being processed (yellow), which opinions were already publicly available (blue), and which opinions were not selected by the Knight Institute for processing (white).

    4/12/2021

  • Military Support for Customs and Border Protection Along the Southern Border Under the Posse Comitatus Act

    The Department of Defense's proposed use of military personnel to provide limited assistance with respect to certain Customs and Border Protection inspection and observation functions along the southern border of the United States is permissible under the Posse Comitatus Act and applicable regulations. The OLC does not provide release dates for its opinions, so the release date listed is the date on which the opinion was authored. The original opinion is available at www.justice.gov/olc/file/1357086/download.

    1/19/2021

  • Preemption of State and Local Requirements Under a PREP Act Declaration

    The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act and the COVID-19 declaration issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under that Act preempt state or local requirements, such as state licensing laws, that would prohibit or effectively prohibit qualifying state-licensed pharmacists from ordering and administering FDA-approved COVID-19 tests and FDA-authorized or FDA-licensed COVID-19 vaccines. The OLC does not provide release dates for its opinions, so the release date listed is the date on which the opinion was authored. The original opinion is available at www.justice.gov/olc/file/1356956/download.

    1/19/2021

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